October 16, 2010 |
As national security advisor and then secretary of State to President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice never displayed any doubt or admitted any errors in the White House decisions that led to war in Iraq. Rice seems similarly immune to introspection or self-criticism in her disappointing new memoir, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. " That's a shame because Rice's story should be inspiring. Born in 1954, she was raised behind a wall of strict racial prejudice in Birmingham, Ala., which she rightly recalls as America's most segregated city.
March 29, 2009 |
Just when you thought it was safe to deep-six that needlessly salacious Ken Starr report and offer your Clinton-era black beret to the Salvation Army, word comes that Hollywood is resurrecting the so-last-century Monica Lewinsky scandal in a movie. "The Special Relationship," an HBO special, is actually about the frustrated efforts of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to form a working relationship with President Clinton, who seemed increasingly distracted by the fallout from the scandal.
February 4, 2009 |
In another departure from her predecessor, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit East Asia on her first trip in her new role. Clinton is expected to visit China, Japan and South Korea, and perhaps a country in Southeast Asia, according to a foreign diplomat knowledgeable about plans for the trip. The itinerary signals that Clinton intends to take a closer interest in East Asia than did Condoleezza Rice, her predecessor.
January 14, 2009 |
A boast by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that he persuaded President Bush to reverse a U.S. vote on a Gaza cease-fire at the United Nations is "just 100% totally completely not true," the State Department declared Tuesday. The rare public dust-up between the Bush administration and the Israeli government was sparked by a speech Olmert gave on Monday.
December 12, 2008 |
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) would make about $4,700 less as secretary of State than her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice. Congress lowered the salary for the nation's top diplomat to keep Clinton's nomination from running afoul of the Constitution. An obscure section on compensation for public officials says no member of Congress can be appointed to a government post if that job's pay was increased during the lawmaker's current term. In other words, Clinton might have been ineligible to serve in the post because she was in Congress when Rice's salary was raised to $191,300.
November 10, 2008 |
As Condoleezza Rice completes what likely will be her final swing through the Middle East as America's top diplomat, she leaves behind an unfinished peace process and a lingering debate about whether the Bush administration brought the region any closer to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian accord. The secretary of State's regional tour, her 19th in two years, included a stop Sunday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik for an update on the direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations launched under U.
September 7, 2008 |
Thandie NEWTON has garnered way more column inches for a movie she didn't make ("Charlie's Angels") than for any of the 21 already under her petite belt. At 35, she has starred as girlfriend, wife and daughter of Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey, respectively, and worked for an international clutch of esteemed directors (Bernardo Bertolucci, John Woo, Jonathan Demme, Neil Jordan, Paul Haggis). But if the universe conspires in her favor, Newton will merit her most expansive and complimentary coverage yet for playing Condoleezza Rice opposite Josh Brolin in “W,” Oliver Stone's George W. Bush biopic out Oct. 17. "I feel a real pull from 'W,' a grief at its having ended," Newton says by phone from her "ramshackle beach house" in Vancouver, Canada, where she is filming the disaster epic "2012" for director Roland Emmerich ("The Patriot")
July 22, 2008 |
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday dismissed Iran's response to a proposed solution on Tehran's nuclear program in Geneva over the weekend as "small talk" meant to buy time. She warned that new sanctions would be forthcoming if Iran did not comply with international demands to halt or slow its production of enriched uranium. Rice, speaking to reporters in Ireland, said that U.S.
May 5, 2008 |
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that an Israeli-Palestinian peace pact this year is achievable, but she criticized Israeli settlement activity and pushed for additional removals of West Bank roadblocks. Rice's optimism on an agreement contrasted with more pessimistic assessments voiced by leaders on both sides.